Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Advocacy & Safety Cyclists should expect and demand safe accommodation on every public road, just as do all other users. Discuss your bicycle advocacy and safety concerns here.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-30-10, 10:38 AM   #1
SlimAgainSoon
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
SlimAgainSoon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Down South
Bikes:
Posts: 1,261
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Oprah Winfrey says ... Hey, drivers, turn off the phone!

Oprah Winfrey has started a campaign against texting and the use of cell phones while driving.

She calls it turning your car into a No Phone Zone.

See THIS LINK for details, other links, and a pledge (currently 220,000 have signed up) to park the phone when behind the wheel.

She's a force all her own -- good for her for taking on this serious safety issue.

As a bicycle commuter, I used to worry about drunks ... now, I worry about all the yahoos texting while they are driving. I see this many times, every day
SlimAgainSoon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-10, 10:47 AM   #2
cudak888 
www.theheadbadge.com
 
cudak888's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Southern Florida
Bikes: http://www.theheadbadge.com
Posts: 22,744
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Motorists concerned about their own well-being. Not that I have an issue with positive side effects, such as this.

-Kurt
__________________
cudak888 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-10, 11:10 AM   #3
genec
genec
 
genec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West Coast
Bikes: custom built, sannino, beachbike, giant trance x2
Posts: 24,771
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 456 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by SlimAgainSoon View Post
As a bicycle commuter, I used to worry about drunks ... now, I worry about all the yahoos texting while they are driving. I see this many times, every day
Yup, my biggest concern... I've had too many close calls with folks making calls.

Maybe this public campaign will help.
genec is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-10, 08:11 AM   #4
TnBama
Senior Member
 
TnBama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Columbia, Tn
Bikes: Serotta Couer D"Acier
Posts: 271
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Not a big Oprah fan but- hooray for her. It's about time someone high profile took this on.
TnBama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-10, 07:06 PM   #5
DX-MAN
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 4,789
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If someone, ANYONE, makes the streets safer, whether it's for us or for drivers as well, we win.

I'd like to see this take off; she's liable to have the horsepower to do it, too.
DX-MAN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-10, 04:20 PM   #6
JoeyBike
20+mph Commuter
 
JoeyBike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: New Orleans, LA USA
Bikes: Surly LHT, and 3 others
Posts: 5,477
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 171 Post(s)
I am happy she is taking that action. Next maybe she can get heroin addicts to sign up for a safety campaign too. That brick wall might be a bit easier on her head.
JoeyBike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-10, 07:13 PM   #7
unterhausen
Randomhead
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
Bikes:
Posts: 14,647
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
maybe she can try to get motorists to stop for stop signs
unterhausen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-10, 07:23 PM   #8
DX-MAN
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 4,789
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
maybe she can try to get motorists to stop for stop signs
Nothing less than a Mini-Gun at each stop sign will do THAT!
DX-MAN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-10, 07:42 PM   #9
dynodonn 
Senior Member
 
dynodonn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 7,326
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 51 Post(s)
Personally, if the high dollar fines/fees that our state, county, law enforcement tack onto the first and subsequent cell phone offenses don't deter motorists, Oprah has as much chance as a snowball in Hell.
dynodonn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-10, 01:04 AM   #10
CB HI
Cycle Year Round
 
CB HI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Honolulu, HI
Bikes:
Posts: 12,046
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 250 Post(s)
Several years ago, Oprah’s idea of better road safety was to ban cyclist from Chicago roads. She hated how they got in the way of her big limo.

She had planned on doing a show on it. The producers pre-screen show ideas by open web survey to avoid any shows that would bring dislike on Oprah. A couple of cycling groups passed along the web page to comment about the planned show idea. The bad idea got dropped. I think even IMBA got involved in passing the word.

So be careful of who you support and what their idea of road safety may be.
CB HI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-10, 04:01 AM   #11
spock
Peripheral Visionary
 
spock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Jax, FL
Bikes:
Posts: 1,158
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have no problem with people texting or talking on the phone while driving. What I have a problem with is people who suck at it.

Let's face it, no amount of campaign for stoping people from doing it will change anything. It's useless considering that almost everyone has a cell phone. How about a campaign for paying more attention or multitasking for dummies. The first step would be to not watch Oprah and her emotion soaked TV show and you might think clearer.
spock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-10, 07:07 AM   #12
atbman
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Leeds UK
Bikes:
Posts: 1,981
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by spock View Post
I have no problem with people texting or talking on the phone while driving. What I have a problem with is people who suck at it.
Which is pretty much everyone when it comes to reacting in an emergency - often caused by the said texting/talking. In London alone in 2007, apparently, 68,000 pedestrians had treatment for injuries caused by walking into street furniture while on their mobiles. Said injuries ranged from bruising to, in one case, a fractured skull.

Wonderful propect, them being in charge of a motor vehicle
atbman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-10, 04:49 AM   #13
Clarks
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 156
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Did she have on a guy who was talking on his phone and hit a 9 year old kid on a bike?
Clarks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-10, 05:27 AM   #14
UnsafeAlpine
Domestic Domestique
 
UnsafeAlpine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Michigan
Bikes: Brand New Old Catamount! Schwinn Homegrown, Specialized FSR, Salsa Vaya, Salsa Chile Con Crosso
Posts: 1,742
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Oprah says a lot of things. This happens to be one of the few valid things she's said.
UnsafeAlpine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-10, 07:15 AM   #15
High Roller
Guest
 
Bikes:
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by spock View Post
The first step would be to not watch Oprah and her emotion soaked TV show and you might think clearer.
Best idea so far in this thread.

With her incessant focus on depravity to build her ratings among the groundlings who are attracted to such topics like moths to a flame, it's remarkable that she has time to work on something constructive.

Last edited by High Roller; 05-07-10 at 07:34 AM.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-10, 07:31 AM   #16
RepWI
Senior Member
 
RepWI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 414
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Governor Doyle of Wisconsin just signed into law a ban on texting while driving. I spent eight years in the WI legislature as a law maker. I would have voted against that bill.

Why? Because it is a feel good piece of legislation. The real issue is talking on a phone while driving and disengaging your brain voluntarily to do so. Kinda like making the decision to drink alcohol. But we don't want to upset voters that talk and drive, or the special interests that feed from it.

Most people disagree with me, but I believe it is dangerous, but less so to text vs talk on the phone. Texting uses less brain power than a conversation. IMHO.
RepWI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-10, 11:00 PM   #17
Greyryder
Powerful-Ugly Creature
 
Greyryder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 570
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by RepWI View Post
Governor Doyle of Wisconsin just signed into law a ban on texting while driving. I spent eight years in the WI legislature as a law maker. I would have voted against that bill.

Why? Because it is a feel good piece of legislation. The real issue is talking on a phone while driving and disengaging your brain voluntarily to do so. Kinda like making the decision to drink alcohol. But we don't want to upset voters that talk and drive, or the special interests that feed from it.

Most people disagree with me, but I believe it is dangerous, but less so to text vs talk on the phone. Texting uses less brain power than a conversation. IMHO.
Texting requires you take your eyes off the road, more. Both are dangerous.
Greyryder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-10, 06:32 AM   #18
Bean_YWG
Pot-bellied Biker
 
Bean_YWG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Winnipeg, MB
Bikes: '99 Trek 8000, '08 Giant Trance X2
Posts: 100
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by RepWI View Post
Governor Doyle of Wisconsin just signed into law a ban on texting while driving. I spent eight years in the WI legislature as a law maker. I would have voted against that bill.

Why? Because it is a feel good piece of legislation. The real issue is talking on a phone while driving and disengaging your brain voluntarily to do so. Kinda like making the decision to drink alcohol. But we don't want to upset voters that talk and drive, or the special interests that feed from it.

Most people disagree with me, but I believe it is dangerous, but less so to text vs talk on the phone. Texting uses less brain power than a conversation. IMHO.
Multiple studies have shown that texting is much worse than voice communications in terms of distraction while driving. One study even found that texting impaired your ability to react even more than being at the legal limit for alcohol consumption while driving.

Regardless of which is worse, both should not be done while driving.
Bean_YWG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-10, 07:23 AM   #19
cudak888 
www.theheadbadge.com
 
cudak888's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Southern Florida
Bikes: http://www.theheadbadge.com
Posts: 22,744
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bean_YWG View Post
Multiple studies have shown that texting is much worse than voice communications in terms of distraction while driving.
So is stuffing your head below the dashboard to look for that week-old McNugget. When are they going to ban that?

-Kurt
__________________
cudak888 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-10, 08:14 AM   #20
BarracksSi
Bike ≠ Car ≠ Ped.
 
BarracksSi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Washington, DC
Bikes: Some bikes. Hell, they're all the same, ain't they?
Posts: 13,858
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by RepWI View Post
Governor Doyle of Wisconsin just signed into law a ban on texting while driving. I spent eight years in the WI legislature as a law maker. I would have voted against that bill.

Why? Because it is a feel good piece of legislation. The real issue is talking on a phone while driving and disengaging your brain voluntarily to do so. Kinda like making the decision to drink alcohol. But we don't want to upset voters that talk and drive, or the special interests that feed from it.

Most people disagree with me, but I believe it is dangerous, but less so to text vs talk on the phone. Texting uses less brain power than a conversation. IMHO.
Most people disagree with you because those people are right.

You can keep looking out the windshield while talking, but not at all while texting.

I'm siding with the argument that it's even worse than driving while legally drunk.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbiHwGBsRr0
BarracksSi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-10, 08:41 PM   #21
JoeyBike
20+mph Commuter
 
JoeyBike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: New Orleans, LA USA
Bikes: Surly LHT, and 3 others
Posts: 5,477
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 171 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
You can keep looking out the windshield while talking, but not at all while texting.
I hate texters AND yakkers. But I would vote against the "No Texting" law because without the law, I see people typing and reading texts with their phones perched on top of the steering wheel where at least their peripheral vision has A CHANCE of seeing something through the windshield. When "No Texting" laws are passed, those "heroin addicts" can not help themselves from texting. They will text ninja style below the dash, between their legs, on the seat next to them - but text they will.

I prefer them texting with the phone on top of the steering wheel.

BTW...the cavilier attitude toward texting while driving is just another piece of evidence that people in general SUCK.
JoeyBike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-10, 07:27 AM   #22
genec
genec
 
genec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West Coast
Bikes: custom built, sannino, beachbike, giant trance x2
Posts: 24,771
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 456 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
So is stuffing your head below the dashboard to look for that week-old McNugget. When are they going to ban that?

-Kurt
Yeah, but the frequency of "dropping the fries" or going for the "week old McNugget" is minimal compared to the frequent distraction of text and talk on cell phones. Sure, either can lead to collisions, but the constant and persistent draw of texting is more likely to be THE problem.
genec is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:26 PM.